Module Overview

Diseases of the Eye

The aim of this module is to provide students with the necessary knowledge to comprehend the terminology of ocular diseases, provide students with the knowledge of the tests and procedures needed to recognise and interpret abnormal ocular signs, differentially diagnose abnormalities, and equip students with the necessary clinical and decision-making skills to appropriately manage patients. This module describes ocular disease and systemic disease with ocular effects. It guides students in the study of these conditions and allows them to develop the ability to detect, and identify ocular abnormalities from signs and symptoms, recognise similar disease entities, consider their differential diagnoses, and manage patients appropriately

Module Code

OPTO 3805

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change


Developmental anomalies, dystrophies and degenerations, inflammations, infections, neoplasms, other raised lesions, systemic manifestations.


Developmental anomalies, dystrophies and degenerations, inflammations, infections.


Pupil anomalies


Crystalline lens abnormalities and cataract

Vitreous Diseases

Visual pathway and neurological disorders

Ocular trauma and emergencies


Optometric investigation, differential diagnosis, management, monitoring, and referral for all of the above conditions.


The CORU Standards of Proficiency for Optometrists are covered, wholly or in part, in this module within the following domains 1. Professional Autonomy and Accountability, 2. Communication, Collaborative Practice and Teamworking, 3. Safety and Quality and 5. Professional Knowledge and Skills.

Lectures, case based discussions, directed reading, self-directed learning, E-learning, patient episodes in advanced clinical technique clinics (OPTO3802), ocular disease grand rounds within the National Optometry Centre (NOC).

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination50
Other Assessment(s)50